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Check My Thoughts looks for another Grade 1 win in today’s SoCal Derby

December 23, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Check My Thoughts sets the fastest qualifying time—400 yards in :19.967—from four trials on December 2.
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
Dr. Ed Allred’s homebred Check My Thoughts, winner of the Golden State Derby (G1), looks for a second Grade 1 derby victory when he starts as the fastest qualifier to the $170,900 Southern California Derby (G1) this afternoon at Los Alamitos. The Derby is scheduled as the ninth race on the card, at 5:12 p.m. Pacific Time (PT).

Check My Thoughts, by Check Him Out out of Just Think (by Pritzi Dash), successfully stepped up to the Grade 1 derby division at Los Alamitos this year with his win in the Golden State Derby, a close third in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) and a third-place run in the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).

In the Golden State Derby in August, he jumped to an early lead and then scored the half-length victory in :19.590 for 400 yards.

The Jim Glenn-trained Check My Thoughts earned his way into the Southern California Derby, the final Grade 1 race of the year-long Los Alamitos season, with an easy length win in :19.967 for the 400 yards over a track rated as good. It was the top mark from four trials.

As a 2-year-old, Check My Thoughts showed his potential with wins in the Golden State Juvenile and the California Breeders Freshman Stakes.

Mary and Mark Parsons’ homebred Kobe (Mr Eye Opener/Rubiate, by Red—TB), has the class and figures to move forward for trainer Paul Jones in his second start off a layoff. Early this year, before his eight-month layoff, he made a statement with his game nose win over Deniro in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1), a win in the Holiday Handicap and a second in the El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2).

In his Southern California Derby trial, Kobe finished just a nose behind Our Man David (Walk Thru Fire/ Secret Goer, by Raise A Secret), with the sixth-fastest time of :20.151 while Our Man David raced to the fourth-fastest time of :20.147.

Jose and Gustavo De La Torre’s Last To Check Him raced to her first win from six 2012 tries in her Southern California Derby trial. She won by a half length, and her time of :19.988 was the second-fastest time. Last To Check Him, third in the 2011 Los Alamitos Two Million (G1), was one of three Southern California Derby qualifiers from the Jose De La Torre barn. He will also saddle El Primero Del Ano Derby qualifier Our Man David and Golden State Derby qualifier La Corona Cartel.

Trials report

Golden State Derby winner impressive in trials to final Grade 1 race of season

Ed Allred’s Golden State Derby winner Check My Thoughts continued his stellar 2012 campaign by posting the fastest qualifying time to the Grade 1 $170,900 Southern California Derby on December 2 at Los Alamitos.

The Southern California is the meet’s final Grade 1 race of the season and will be held during a special daytime program on Sunday, December 23. All three of that weekend’s programs on December 21st through the 23rd will begin at 2:00 p.m. PT at Los Alamitos and the Southern California will certainly be the biggest race of the weekend. Check My Thoughts figures to be that weekend’s biggest star, as the son of Check Him Out will enter the final after winning his trial by an impressive 1¼ lengths while covering the 400 yards in :19.967 over a track labeled as good following some rain. Ridden by Eulices Gomez and trained by Jimmy Glenn, Check My Thoughts has never finished out of the top three in 13 career starts. A winner of five races, Check My Thoughts won the Golden State Derby on August 26 and was also the third place finisher in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby and the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby.

“I’m so glad for Eulices and for Jimmy Glenn,” Allred said. “Check My Thoughts wanted to get out and then wanted to get in, but he got rolling at the end of the race. His mother is Just Think, who qualified to the Ed Burke Futurity. She was a pretty good filly and a good young broodmare. We’ve been unlucky with the health of some of her babies, but we’ve been fortunate with Check My Thoughts. Just Think’s breeding is from the family of horses bred by Jay Parsons and his family. I’ve always tried to get in that family of horses.”

Just Think also ran third in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and competed in the Governor’s Cup Futurity and Charger Bar Handicap. In addition, Just Think’s mother, Toltackitt, ran second in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity, while her granddam Bandolanty is a half sister to champion Sig Hanson and to Lantys Pennant, the mother of Pennants Headlight and Think Landy, who is the mother of the great champion marathoner Sign Of Lanty.

Jimmy Glenn had his concerns prior to Check My Thoughts’ runaway victory.

“I was worried to dead about the mud,” Glenn said. “He flew out of the gate. I was so impressed by the way he raced. I feel like he’s really peaking right now. He’s getting bigger and stronger and I’m pleased where he is at right now.”

Glenn also credited the young pilot, Eulices Gomez, for another good performance on the saddle.

“I rode a little bit in my youth so I think I have a good perspective of what a good ride is and sometimes it bothers me when people think that just because you win a race that that must have meant that the jockey rode a great race,” Glenn said. “That’s not always the case. Eulices, meanwhile, has now ridden Check My Thoughts in three Grade 1 stakes races and if you go back and look at the video of his rides, he rode those races flawlessly. When the pressure of a Grade 1 race is on, he is really great. He rides great when the money is on the line. Now, I have chewed him out before for a ride in a $2,500 maiden claiming race, but overall, when the pressure is on, he has been great. Plus, he’s also one very good kid.”

Last To Check Him, owned by Jose and Gustavo De La Torre, finished as the second fastest qualifier after a half-length victory in the third of four trial. This was her first win of the year. Last To Check Him won this race over her half brother, Last To Fire, who was saddled by Elena Andrade for owners Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas. Last To Check Him and Last To Fire are both out of the stakes winning mare Last Shall be First and were bred by the Estate of Spencer Childers. The two of them have faced each other before in big money races, as they also qualified to last year’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and this year’s Golden State Derby.

San Gregorio Racing Stables’ Our Man David and Steve Burns’ Attack The Cartel also posted trial victories on the night. Other top qualifiers include Los Alamitos Winter Derby winner Kobe and 2011 John Deere Juvenile Challenge winner Shez Jess Toxic. The complete list of qualifiers is as follows: Check My Thoughts (:19.967), Last To Check Him (:19.988), Last To Fire (:20.065), Our Man David (:20.147), Shez Jess Toxic (:20.149), Kobe (:20.151), Attack The Cartel (:20.180), La Corona Cartel (:20.188), Consider (:20.191) and Mai Corona (:20.291).